Moxibustion at Sanyinjiao SP-6 may be able to markedly shorten the active phase of the first stage of labour and decrease pain due to uterine contractions, according to Taiwanese researchers. Sixty primipara women in labour were equally assigned, according to their choice, to three groups: bilateral moxibustion at Sanyinjiao SP-6 for 30 minutes, moxibustion at non-acupoints for 30 minutes and no moxibustion. The researchers found that the duration of the active phase of the first stage in the moxibustion group was significantly shorter than that in the other two groups. Visual analogue pain scores after moxibustion were also significantly lower in the this group compared with the no moxibustion group. (Effect of acupoint Sanyinjiao (SP6) moxibustion on the first stage of labor and uterine contractive pain in primiparae. Chin J Integr Med. 2011 Jun;17(6):464-6).

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